Mark Lovell

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Mark Lovell
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Born(1960-03-27)27 March 1960
Axbridge, Somerset, England
Died 12 July 2003(2003-07-12) (aged 43)
Hillsboro, Oregon, United States
Championship titles
British Rally Championship winner, Irish Tarmac Rally Championship winner, SCCA ProRally winner.

Mark Lovell (27 March 1960 12 July 2003) was a British rally driver. He won the 1986 British Rally Championship in a Ford RS200 Group B, the 1987 and 1988 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, the 1988 International Dutch Rally Drivers' Championship and the 2001 SCCA ProRally Drivers' Championship in the United States. He also won the 2003 Pikes Peak Rally only two weeks before his death.

British Rally Championship rallying series based in the United Kingdom

The MSA British Rally Championship is a rallying series based in the United Kingdom. The first championship was run in 1958 and it has been licensed by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) since 1999. MSA has opted not to run the series in 2015, instead giving its promotion to its own subsidiary (IMS) for 2016.


When the Subaru Impreza WRX and the Mitsubishi Evolution were introduced in 2002 and 2003 to the United States, both cars created more interest in the sport of Rallying. Subaru and subsequently Mitsubishi entered the US Pro Rally championship with factory teams; Mark Lovell was the lead driver for the Subaru / Prodrive team, with Americans Karl Scheible (2002) and Ramana Lagemann (2003) as teammates.

Mark and his co-driver Roger Freeman were both killed in July 2003 during the Oregon Trail Rally when their Works ProRally Subaru Impreza WRX left the road and struck a tree at high speed shortly after the start of the first stage.

Roger Freeman was the SCCA ProRally Subaru factory team co-driver for Mark Lovell. He was killed along with Lovell when his rally car left the road and struck a tree shortly after the start of the first stage of the Oregon Trail Rally.

A memorial page for both Mark and Roger has been set up, which includes many photographs of the team and events at both the Pikes Peak and Oregon Trail Pro Rallies.


Ford RS200 car model

The Ford RS200 is a mid-engined, four-wheel drive sports car that was produced by Ford Motorsport in Boreham, UK, from 1984 to 1986. The road-going RS200 was the basis for Ford's Group B rally car and was designed to comply with FIA homologation regulations, which required 200 parts kits to be produced and at least one road-legal car to be assembled. It was first displayed to the public at the Belfast Motor Show.

The Irish Tarmac Rally Championship is Ireland's premier rallying series. The championship, made up of events run on closed tarmac roads, was first run in 1978. For the 2015 season Clonakilty Black pudding will continue to be the title sponsor.

Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth is a high-performance version of the Ford Sierra that was built by Ford Europe from 1986 to 1992. It was the result of a Ford Motorsport project with the purpose of producing an outright winner for Group A racing in Europe.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
David Llewellin
National Rally Driver of the Year

Succeeded by
Ken Wood

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